Bad Touch versus Good Touch from the Chota Book of Parenting Chapter 7.

Bad Touch versus Good Touch from the Chota Book of Parenting Chapter 7.

TheBook Of Parenting – By Dr. Sunita Maheshwari Mother, Wife & Pediatric Cardiologist. Keeping your child safe away from (and in) the home Any parent’s worst nightmare is the phone call informing that their child has been kidnapped or abused – either physically or sexually. In India, results from a government survey in 2010 suggest that 2 out of every 3 children suffer from physical abuse (86% caused by parents), 53% children face one or more forms of sexual abuse, and every second child reported facing emotional abuse. So, one out of every two children in our country faces some kind of abuse. Scary, sad and something that needs to be changed. Not only do children suffer acutely from the physical and mental cruelty of child abuse, they endure many long-term consequences, including delays in reaching developmental milestones, refusal to attend school and separation anxiety disorders. Other consequences include an increased likelihood of future substance abuse, aggressive behaviors, high-risk health behaviors, criminal activity, depressive and affective disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, schizophrenia, and, abuse of their own children and spouse. Recent research has shown that a loving, caring and stimulating environment during the first three years of a child’s life is important for proper brain development. This finding implies that children who receive maltreatment in these early years may actually have suboptimal brain development. So, as a parent, what can one do to prevent abuse and how can one detect this so protection can be offered before it is too late? Stranger Danger From when a child can comprehend things, one needs to emphasize repeatedly but gently:...